Cilka’s Journey is kind of a spin off of The Tattooist of Auschwitz, but either book can be read alone. Cilka is a beautiful Jewish teenager who is sent to Auschwitz in the 1940’s. Due to her good looks, she is ‘chosen’ by one of the male guards and given a bit of protection in exchange for sexual favors.
Following an injury, she is able to work a more ‘cushy’ job in the hospital while the other prisoners she’s living with are forced to mine coal. Naturally, they have mixed feelings about this. Cilka is able and willing to bring back extra supplies to share, but jealousy over her relatively easy job gets the best of some of them.
Beautifully well written and eye opening novel about the Holocaust and the lengths we’d go through in order to survive such an ordeal. I read it as a follow up to The Tattooist of Auschwitz, but it takes place during the same time period, just from a different perspective. Both books are highly recommended!